Cape Bre­ton­ers urged to do­nate blood Thurs­day

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SYD­NEY — Cana­dian Blood Ser­vices is urg­ing all Cape Bre­ton­ers to book an ap­point­ment to do­nate blood on Thurs­day to help meet the daily needs of hospi­tal pa­tients.

Why would a blood do­na­tion on Thurs­day be so im­por­tant?

Im­pact days, like Thurs­day, oc­cur at the blood clinic ev­ery eight weeks af­ter a hol­i­day. Many donors nor­mally re­book their ap­point­ments af­ter a do­na­tion.

When the clinic is closed for a hol­i­day, the num­ber of sched­uled ap­point­ments is al­ways much lower 56 days later, when donors are again el­i­gi­ble to do­nate.

De­spite a gen­er­ous re­sponse from our Part­ners for Life in the Com­mu­nity, in­clud­ing staff at ACAP-CB, CBRM, the YMCA and the Re­serve Mines Fire Depart­ment, Cana­dian Blood Ser­vices is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing low ap­point­ments due to a lack of re­book­ings.

To make an im­pact, donors are en­cour­aged to call 1-888-2-DO­NATE (1-888-236-6283).

Blood do­na­tions can be given ev­ery 56 days and one do­na­tion has the power to save up to three lives.

The Syd­ney blood donor clinic is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thurs­day.

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